ALL rounder Lewis Goldsworthy made a welcome reappearance in a Somerset shirt when he played against Warwickshire in the opening match of this season's Metro Bank One Day Cup, writes Richard Walsh.

The 22-year-old Cornishman last played for Somerset’s senior team when he scored 94 against Kent, out of a total of 202 in the final championship match of the 2022 season, during which he played in 10 games scored 557 runs, the fourth highest for Somerset by total at an average of 37.20, which included a career best 130 and three scores over 50.

Sadly since then he has not been able to get a place in the first team, so no wonder he was pleased to be back on the park in a Somerset shirt.

Against Warwickshire, Goldsworthy scored 78 off 99 balls and added 96 for the fifth wicket with George Bartlett, which he followed up two days later with 47 off 75 balls adding 65 for the second wicket with Andy Umeed and 51 with James Rew, as well as claiming two for 30, claiming a direct hit run out and pouching a catch.

After Sunday’s game Golders, who originally hails from Camborne, said: “I have enjoyed the couple of games that I have played in this competition and its great to be out playing in front of the crowd again.

“It was good to get runs and wickets today and it was a better all round game for us. I feel that we batted well and bowled a bit tighter and got our rewards.”

He went on: “It has been a bit of a frustrating season  for me and I’ve not had much game time because the lads in the county championship side have been scoring runs and doing well, so its a tough team to get into, so I have just to keep on doing my best and scoring runs whenever I can.

“I have had a decent year playing for the Seconds although we had a few games rained off at the start of the season so it was tough to put my case forward for the first team but I have had a few runs and I'm enjoying my cricket.  I had a rib injury and a finger injury that kept me out for about a month, but I am now enjoying cricket again.

“Hopefully if I can continue to score runs in this competition then maybe I’ll get back into the team later in the season and you never know what can happen with injuries, so I will be ready and waiting if I get the opportunity.”

Looking beyond this season what does the winter hold? “I'm looking to get away and play cricket out in Australia, meet new people, new coaches and get different eyes on me so I'm looking forward to the winter.”

He added: “This will be the first time I have been away in the winter since I went away with the England Under 19s which was about three years ago. It will be good to get away from the cold weather."